Mona Hatoum

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Isolette, 1999 Aluminium And Galvanized Wire 67 X 80 Cm © Alexander and Bonin
Nature morte aux grenades, 2006-2007 Crystal, Mild Steel And Rubber 95 X 208 X 70 Cm © Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin
Web, 2006 Crystal Balls And Metal Wire H 400 Cm X Ø 500 Cm © Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin
Hot Spot, 2006 Stainless Steel And Neon Tube © Photo Stephen White, courtesy White Cube
Impenetrable, 2009 Black Finished Steel, Fishing Wire 300 X300 X300 Cm © Galerie Chantal Crousel/ Photo credit: A Osio
Undercurrent (red), (detail), 2008 © Courtesy of the artist & Akademie der Künste - Pariser Platz
Current Disturbance, 1996 Wood, Wire Mesh, Light Bulbs © Courtesy of the Artist and Whitechapel Gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube, Mason's Yard
Bourj , 2010 Steel 59 X 29 1/2 X 15 3/4 In/ 150 X 75 X 40 © photo: Agop Kanledjian courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York
Case , 2006 Compressed Card, Metal, Fabric And Plastic Buttons H: 35 X W: 60 X D: 45 Cm © White Cube
Medal of Dishonor , 2009 Bronze © Galerie Chantal Crousel
Static II , 2008 Steel, Glass And Wire H: 37.2 X W: 18.5 X D: 18 In © Alexander and Bonin
Hot Pot , 2010 Stainless Steel Water Carrier With Stainless Steel Nuts And Bolts H: 27 X W: 32 X D: 32 Cm © The Bhopal Medical Appeal
Waiting is Forbidden , 2006-2008 Enamel On Steel H: 11.6 X W: 15.8 In © Alexander and Bonin
General view © Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin
Undercurrent (red), 2008 Cloth Covered Electric Cable, Light Bulbs And Dimmer Device © Courtesy of the artist & ARTER Space for Art
© Courtesy of the artist & Fundació Joan Miró
© Courtesy of the artist & Liverpool Biennial
Waiting is forbidden , 2006 - 2008 Enamelled Metal Plaque 30 X 40 Cm (11 5/8 X 15 3/4 Inches) Edition Of 6 + 2 Ap © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Max Hetzler
Routes II, 2002 Colored Ink And Gouache On Five Maps, Installation 35 1/2 X 42 X 1" (90.2 X 106.7 X 2.5 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Plotting Table, 1998 Wood, Mdf, Uv Lights And Fluorescent Point 262.5 X 144 X 81 Cm © Image courtesy of White Cube
“One Year (2005)” , 2007 © Courtesy of the artist & Galleria Continua
© Courtesy of the artist & The Kunstmuseum St.Gallen
Impenetrable, 2009 Black Finished Steel And Finished Wire 300 X 300 X 300 Cm, Edition 3/3 © Courtesy of the artist & White Cube and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice
Deep Throat, 1996 Table, Chair, Television Set, Glass Sheet, Fork, Knife, Water Glass, Laserdisc, Laserdisc Player 89 X 85 X 130 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel
Measures of Distance, 1988 Video, Projection, Color And Sound (Mono) 15 26 Minutes © Courtesy of the artist & LYNCH THAM
Measures of Distance, 1988 Video, Projection, Colour And Sound (Mono) 15:26 Minutes
© Courtesy of the artist & Alexander and Bonin
Nature morte aux grenades, 2006-2007 (picture by Marc Domage), eigen collectie © Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Fine Arts Gent
© Courtesy of the Artist and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
Twelve Windows, 2012–13 12 Pieces Of Palestinian Embroidery On Fabric, Wooden Clothes Pegs, And Steel Cable © Mona Hatoum 2014; photograph ©Joerg Lohse
Performance Still, 1985/95 Gelatin Silver Print Mounted On Aluminum 30 X 42 1/2 Inches, Edition Of 15. Gift Of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection Of Art By Women © Courtesy of the Artist and ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston)
© Courtesy of the Artist and Centre Pompidou
Hot Spot III, 2009 © Mona Hatoum. Photo: Agostino Osio. Courtesy Fondazione Querini Onlus, Venice
Measures of Distance, 1988 © Mona Hatoum
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Mona Hatoum began her artistic career with performance pieces, though later she moved from 'live' work to more mechanical installations, involving video, light, and sound. While mostly focusing on confrontational themes such as violence, oppression, and voyeurism, she has often made powerful references to the vulnerability and resistance, of our human bodies.

You can read/hear an interview with the artist here.

Mona Hatoum Biography
1952   Born in Beirut, Lebanon
1970 - 1972   Beirut University College, Beirut
1975 - 1979   The Byam Shaw School of Art, London
1979 - 1981   The Slade School of Art, London
1984   Video production residency at The Western Front Art Centre, Vancouver
1986   Residency at 9.1.1. Contemporary Arts Centre, Seattle
1986 - 1987   Residency at Chisenhale Dance Space, London
1987   Member of the Advisory Committee of Third Text (Third World Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture)
1988   Video production residency at The Western Front Art Centre, Vancouver
1986 - 1989   Member of the Management Committee of the London Video Access, London
1988 - 1992   Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff
1990 - 1993   Member of Artists' Film and Video Committee of the Arts Council of England
1986 - 1994   Visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
1994 - 1995   Guest Professor at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts, Paris
1992 - 1997   Part-time teaching post at Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht
1997   Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England
1998   Awarded title of Visiting Professor by Chelsea College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2004   Awarded The Sonning Prize
2004   Awarded the Roswitha Hoftmann prize
  Living and working in London since 1975
Selected Exhibitions
2007   Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Capital Museum, Beijing
2007   Turbulance, 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland
2007   Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah
2007   Double Movement. Migratory Aesthetics, Sala Verónicas, Murcia
2007   Diagnosis (Art): Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Würzburg
2007   Mining Glass, Museum of Glass, Tacoma
2007   Neue Heimat, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
2006   How To Improve The World, Hayward Gallery, London
2006   Allegories of Displacement, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
2006   Carbonic Anhydride, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
2006   Confini, Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Sardinia
2006   D’Ombra, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
2006   Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006   Venice – Istanbul, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
2006   The 80’s: A Topology of Sense, Fundação Serralves, Porto
2006   This Will Not Happen Without You, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
2006   On Earth’s Face, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille
2006   Zones of Contact, 2006 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
2006   UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection 2006 Domestic Incidents, Tate Modern, London
2006   Anstoss Berlin-Kunst macht Welt, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
2006   Paranoia, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
2006   Case Studies: Art in a Valise, Katonah Museum of Art, New York
2006   Polemos. L’opera d’arte tra conflitto e superamento, Fortress of Gavi, Alessandria
2006   Eretica, Museum Sant’Anna, Palermo
2006   Three Colours – Blue, Rohkunstbau XIII, Groß Leuthen Castle / Spreewald, Gross Leuthen
2006   Out of Time: A Contemporary View, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006   'Nach Rokytnik', Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
2006   21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, Japan
2006   ‘’Conversations = Hadith’’, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut
2006   Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, MoMA, New York
2006   Biella Prize for Engraving 2006: Art in the Age of Anxiety, Museo del Territorio di Biellese, Biella
2006   You’ll Never Know. Drawing and Random Interface, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; The Lowry, Salford; New Art Gallery, Walsall; Tullie Mouse Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
2006   If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history, The Showroom, London
2006   Cavities - Space Personified, Main Art Gallery, Californian State University, Fullerton
2006   Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
2006   RE: LOCATION, Alexander and Bonin, New York
2006   Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
2006   Kairotic, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (solo)
2006   Mona Hatoum, Gallery Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2006   Super Vision, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2006   Touch My Shadows, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2006   Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
2005   Over My Dead Body, MCA Sydney, Sydney (solo)
2005   Mobile Home, Alexander and Bonin, New York (solo)
2005   Mona Hatoum, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Reed College, Portland, Oregon (solo)
2005   Coleccion de Fotografia Contemporanea de Telefonica, MARCO, Vigo
2005   Theorema. Une Collection Priveé en Italie, La Collection d’Enea Righi, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon
2005   Beyond East and West. Seven Transnational Artists, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts
2005   The Body. Art & Science, National Museum, Stockholm
2005   Non Toccare la Donna Bianca – Arte Contemporanea fra Diversita e Liberazione, Castel dell’Ovo Museum, Naples
2005   Some Stories: Women Artists from Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Algeria and Palestine show in Film and Video Constructions of Female Identity, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna / Magazin 2, Bregenz
2005   Colour After Klein, Barbican Art Gallery, London
2005   Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
2005   Bidibidobidiboo. La Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Piazza del Municipio, Guarene d’Alba, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
2005   The 51st International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice
2005   The Treason of Sculpture, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga
2005   Ensemble! MUHKA, Antwerp
2005   Panopticon, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
2005   Videographies – The Early Decades from the EMST Collection, The Factory, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens
2005   The Gesture: A Visual Library in Progress, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki / Quarter, Centro Produzione Arte, Florence
2005   Fairy Tales Forever, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
2005   Take291, 291 Gallery, London
2005   London in Six Easy Steps: The Real Me, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
2005   Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Cultures, Richard E Peeler Art Centre, Indianapolis
2005   On both sides of the Rhine - Movement, Ludwig Museum, Cologne
2005   Guardami. Percezione del Video, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
2005   Video II: Allegory, NRW-Furum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
2005   La peau est ce qu’il y a de plus profound, Musee des Beaux Arts de Valeniennes, Valenciennes
2004   Mona Hatoum, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm (solo)
2004   Mona Hatoum, Rene Blouin, Montreal (solo)
2004   Made in Mexico, ICA Boston
2004   Beyond East & West, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Champaign
2004   Infinitely Specific, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly
2004   The Big Eat in Art, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
2004   Contemporary Photography Collection, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid
2004   In Movement, Unesco Headquarters, Paris
2004   Turning Points: 20th Century British Sculpture, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
2004   Symbolic Space & Repetition, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York
2004   Incommunicado, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2004   La Collection D’Art Contemporain D’Agnes B, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
2004   Laocoon Devoured, ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain / Centro José Guerrero, Granada / DA2, Salamanca
2004   Out of Place, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
2004   Transcultures, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
2004   Eclipse: Towards the Edge of the Visible, White Cube, London
2004   Love It Or Leave it, Cetinje Biennial V, Cetinje, Montenegro
2004   Don’t Touch The White Woman, Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Torino
2004   The Search For Identity – New Visions, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster
2004   Uses of the Image. Photography, Film and Video In The Jumex Collection, Malba, Buenos Aires
2004   Cordially Invited, BAK, Utrecht
2004   British Sculpture Show, National Museum of Art, Bucharest
2003   Just Love Me; Post-Feministic Art of the 1990s, Bergen Art Museum, Bergen
2003   Incommunicado, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich
2003   Images of Society, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
2003   Fast Forward – Media Art, ZKM, Karlsruhe
2003   Mona Hatoum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca – MACO, Oaxaca and Ex-Convento de Conkal, Yukatan, Mexico (solo)
2003   Mona Hatoum: Photo and video works, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala (solo)
2003   Artist’s Choice: Mona Hatoum, Here is Elsewhere, MOMA, Queens, New York (solo)
2003   M_ARS - Art and War, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
2003   Serious Play / Metaphorical Gestures, The Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City
2003   Micro / macro, The Budapest Kunsthalle, Budapest
2003   Bankett; Metabolismus und Kommunikation, Zentrum fϋr Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany
2003   Independence, South London gallery, London
2003   Europe Exists, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
2003   Il racconto del filo, Museo di Arte Moderna, Trento
2003   Contemporary Collecting:New Art for Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery
2003   Through The Eye Of A Needle, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
2003   Legacy; A Benefit exhibition of works by Capp Street Project Alumnae, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
2002   Mona Hatoum, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
2002   Grater Divide, White Cube, London (solo)
2002   Mona Hatoum, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA) and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela (solo)
2002   Mona Hatoum, Alexander and Bonin, New York (solo)
2002   Passenger, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo Norway
2002   A Measure of Reality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
2002   Money and Value / The Last Taboo, Swiss National Expo. 02, Biel, Switzerland
2002   A Measure of Reality, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
2002   ’Another World: Twelve Bedroom Stories’, Kunstmuseum Luzern
2002   Documenta 11, Kassel
2002   40 Jahre: Fluxus und die folgen, Kunstsommer Wiesbaden 2002, Wiesbaden
2002   To Eat or not to Eat, CASA. Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca
2001   “In Weiter Ferne , so nah”; IFA Galerie Bonn; IFA Galerie Suttgart;IFA Galerie Berlin
2001   “Fluid”, Wolverhamton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
2001   Domestic Disturbance, Mass MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (solo)
2001   Mona Hatoum, Sala Mendoza, Caracas (solo)
2001   Look Out!, Pitshanger Manor & Gallery, London
2001   El Instante Eterno / The Eternal Instant: Art and Spirituality at the Change of the Milennium, Espai d’Art Contemporain de Castelló, Castelló
2001   Un Siècle d’arpenteurs, les figures de la Marche: de Warhol à Nauman, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian
2001   Field Day, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
2001   Confidences: Parce que c’était lui, c’était moi, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2001   (Self) Portraits, Alexander and Bonin, New York
2001   Cuerpo y Pecado, Body and Sin, Bienal de Valencia, Valencia
2001   New Palestinian Art, IFA Galerie, Bonn; IFA Galerie Stuttgart; IFA Galerie Berlin
2001   Il Dono / The Gift, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Candiani Cultural Center, Mestre
2001   Border Stories, IX International Biennial of Photography, TurinAlberto Martin Exposito and Enrique
2000   Mona Hatoum Le Collège, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - MUHKA, Antwerp (solo)
2000   The Entire World as a Foreign Land, Tate Gallery, London (solo)
2000   Images from Elsewhere, fig 1, London (solo)
2000   Mona Hatoum, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo)
2000   Sincerely Yours, Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo
2000   Psycho: Art and Anatomy, Anne Faggionato, London
2000   Friends and Neighbours, the 4th EV+A Biennial, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
2000   Cosmos: From Romanticism to Avant-garde, 1801-2001, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
2000   Vanitas: Meditations on Life and Death in Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
2000   Out There, White Cube2, Hoxton Square, London
2000   Between Cinema and a Hard Place, Tate Modern, London
2000   Sense and Sensuality, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen
2000   Orbis Terrarum, Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp
2000   EX LUX, Kunsthalle Tirol, Hall, Austria
2000   La forma del mondo/la fine del mondo, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
2000   La Casa, il Corpo, il Cuore, National Gallery, Prague
2000   Ayloul Festival: Forum 2000, Beirut
2000   Vision and Reality, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
2000   MAN- Body in Art from 1950-2000, Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Skovvej, Denmark
2000   Look out! Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton (and tour)
2000   No es solò lo que ves. Pervirtiendo el minimalismo, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2000   Century of Innocence – The History of the White Monochrome, Rooseum.- Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
2000   Still, Alexander and Bonin, New York
2000   Un Siecle d’Arpenteurs : Les Figures de la Marche, Musée Picasso, Antibes
2000   Nurture and Desire (in Aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer), Hayward Gallery, London
1999   Castello Di Rivoli, Turin (solo)
1999   The Box, Turin (solo)
1999   ArtPace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas (solo)
1999   Le Creux de l’Enfer, Thiers, France (solo)
1999   Alexander and Bonin, New York (solo)
1998   Mona Hatoum, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (solo)
1998   Mona Hatoum, Kunsthalle Basel (solo)
1997   Mona Hatoum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (solo)
1997   Mona Hatoum, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal (solo)
1996   Mona Hatoum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (solo)
1996   Mona Hatoum, Anadiel Gallery, Jerusalem (solo)
1996   Current Disturbance, Capp Street Project, San Francisco (solo)
1996   Quarters, Via Farini, Milan (solo)
1996   Mona Hatoum, De Appel, Amsterdam (solo)
1995   Mona Hatoum, White Cube, London (solo)
1995   Short Space, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (solo)
1995   Mona Hatoum, The British School at Rome (solo)
1994   Mona Hatoum, Galerie René Blouin, Montréal (solo)
1994   Mona Hatoum, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (solo)
1994   Mona Hatoum, C.R.G. Art Incorporated, New York (solo)
1993   Recent Work, Arnolfini, Bristol (solo)
1993   Mona Hatoum (and Andrea Fisher), South London Gallery, London (solo)
1993   Le Socle du Monde, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. (solo)
1993   Positionings/Transpositions (and Barbara Steinman), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (solo)
1992   Mona Hatoum, Mario Flecha Gallery, London (installation in situ) (solo)
1992   Dissected Space, Chapter, Cardiff (solo)
1989   The Light at the End, The Showroom, London (solo)
1989   The Light at the End, Oboro Gallery, Montréal (solo)
1985   Between the Lines, The Orchard Gallery, Derry (performance) (solo)
1984   Variation on Discord and Divisions, ABC No Rio, New York, A.K.A., Saskatoon, The Western Front, Vancouver, Articule, Montréal (performance) (solo)
1984   The Negotiating Table, The Franklin Furnace, New York (performance) (solo)
1983   The Negotiating Table, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, N.A.C., St. Catherines, The Western Front, Vancouver (performance) (solo)


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